IVCA Honors 2016 Awardees at December 5th Dinner

December 21, 2016

IVCA celebrated the accomplished careers of Paul Carbone, Pritzker Group Private Capital and Ellen Rudnick, Polsky Center, Chicago Booth, and recognized the successes of our Portfolio Companies of the Year, Cleversafe (now known as IBM Cloud Object Storage) and Sage Products at our Annual Awards Dinner, sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, on December 5th at The Four Seasons.

More than 400 people enjoyed the evening which included a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and the Awards presentation, and closing with the Dessert Reception, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP.  Emceed by Walter Florence, incoming IVCA Chairman, the program featured the presentation of four Awards.

Please enjoy the thoughts and comments of our presenters and awardees in the video links (click on the Awardee's name) below.

  • Begin with the welcome from Bob Fealy, outgoing IVCA Chairman
  • Stanley C. Golder Award recipient:  Paul J. Carbone, Pritzker Group Private Capital
  • Richard J. Daley Award recipient:  Ellen A. Rudnick, Polsky Center, Chicago Booth
  • Venture Capital Portfolio Company of the Year:  Cleversafe
  • Private Equity Portfolio Company of the Year:  Sage Products

Click here for pictures from the event!

The awards presented were:

  • Stanley C. Golder Award which acknowledges individuals who have made profound and lasting contributions to the private equity industry in Illinois.
  • Richard J. Daley Award which acknowledges a single individual who has given direct and extraordinary support to the State of Illinois by participating in or being an advocate for the venture capital and private equity industry.
  • The Portfolio Companies of the Year are issued to 2 companies, a venture capital-backed and a private equity backed IL company based on a realized liquidity event (in 2015 or 2016) which was a successful exit for investors.

 IVCA gratefully acknowledges the continued support of our sponsors for this event:

  • Presenting sponsor:  Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Platinum/Dessert sponsor:  Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Platinum sponsor:  Kutchins, Robbins & Diamond, Ltd.
  • Gold sponsors:
  • Adams Street Partners
  • Baker Tilly
  • Duchossois Capital Management
  • EY
  • Financial Investments Corporation
  • GTCR
  • Jenner & Block LLP
  • Limerick Investments
  • Madison Dearborn Partners
  • McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
  • OCA Ventures
  • Origin Ventures
  • Plante Moran
  • Pritzker Group
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Shore Capital Partners
  • Thoma Bravo
  • Winston & Strawn LLP